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Responding to Radical Islam

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

 

When I place the headlines of global news alongside of God's Word, I see startling parallels. Within the last 50 years, many have begun to ask, "What is the Biblical significance of today's turbulent events in the Middle East? Is radical Islam a true threat to the Western world?" This week's attacks on a French satirical newspaper office at the hands of three men—all in the name of Allah—have only served to reinforce these questions.

Many leaders in the West display a frightening ignorance about Islam, falling for the propaganda that Islam is a "religion of peace" or that Allah and Yahweh are one and the same. As a ministry, I believe God has called Leading The Way to unmask these myths, to preach Christ and Christ alone, and to shed light on today's events with clear, concise, Biblical answers.

I was raised as an Egyptian Christian in a Muslim culture. I have seen firsthand how Muslims struggle to earn Allah's mercy, yet they have no promise of salvation, no peace, no assurance that they have done enough. My heart breaks for Muslims living under the curse of spiritual uncertainty and fear.

Yet today, many Muslim hearts are open to the Gospel as never before. We recently heard from a young former Muslim named Abd, who was raised to fear Allah as a harsh judge. One day, Abd found our Christian programs on THE KINGDOM SAT, our 24/7 satellite TV channel. He was amazed that all of his spiritual questions were answered on these programs. Every show had a common theme: the forgiving love of Jesus. Abd prayed and received Jesus as Lord and Savior, and he now prays daily for this ministry.

Abd's testimony is one of the many stories we hear of Muslims coming to Christ through the ministry of Leading The Way. We are uniquely positioned to reach the Muslim world around the clock, both over the airwaves and on the ground. In addition to broadcasting the Gospel there, our follow-up teams are staffed by committed believers with Muslim backgrounds who know how to relate to Muslim people.

I believe the spreading wildfire of Islamic ideology is one of the greatest challenges of our time. That's why I wrote my most recent book, Jesus, Jihad and Peace—to confront the core beliefs and motivations of Islam and to share how God has called Christians to respond.

This month, I want to offer you a copy of Jesus, Jihad, and Peace for your gift of any amount to Leading The Way*. The book does not release until February 17, but we want to make this special pre-order offer available to you this month. Your generous gift to Leading The Way will help us proclaim uncompromising Biblical Truth here in the Western world and reach many more Muslims around the world like Abd with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Now is the time for all believers to declare to a warring world that Jesus is the only way to peace. I hope you will join me in sharing this message with the world.

In Christ,

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Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

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P.S. When you pre-order Jesus, Jihad and Peace, be sure to provide us with your email to receive a free digital download package including a downloadable chapter excerpt from the book, an audio download of my newest teaching series, and a PDF of the Insights into Islam guide. Don’t forget—your copy of Jesus, Jihad and Peace will ship the week of February 16.

*Note: Gift of any amount offer available in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. only.

January Notes from Our Inbox

Each month, we hear joyful reports of how the Lordhas moved in the lives of our listeners, viewers, and readers through the Gospel teaching of Leading The Way. As you read their stories, we hope these testimonies will guide you in your prayers for Leading The Way and fill you with faith in God’s mighty power.

Mauritania:

“I have received the Lord as my savior and I am experiencing a joy that I never had before. I need help in learning how to practice prayers. All the people around me are Muslims. I went to the church in my city but I could not understand the language. Please help me know more.”

Indonesia:

“Please pray for me so that Jesus will forgive all my sins. I confess that I have done a lot of things that displeased His heart. Please pray that I will return to His ways, because I am easily tempted. May God give me strength and forgive my sins. Amen.”

Canada:

“For months, I have been watching the rich sermons that opened my mind more and deepened my understanding of the Word of God. Wonderful! May our God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ bless all who work in this blessed ministry that truly leads and feeds the sheep of the Lord.”

Albania:

“I’m a young Christian and I’m amazed by Dr. Youssef’s teachings. I have heard the program on the radio and now I’m listening on the Navigator I got as a gift from the radio station. I’m so thankful to God for all the lessons I’m learning. Everything is so new to me. Thank you for your ministry.”

United States:

“I just watched Leading The Way as Dr. Youssef started a new series called To Know Jesus Is to Love Him. I’m deaf so I use closed captioning and I’m so grateful for that. As Dr. Youssef presented the beginning of this series, it just totally consumed me! It brought me to tears. It’s beautiful and I can’t wait until next Sunday to continue this series. Even though I can’t hear, I see and feel the deep passion Dr. Youssef has as he delivers these powerful messages. I look forward to Sunday evenings to watch and learn as I continue on my spiritual journey. Thank you for helping me along the way!”

Pakistan:

From one of our TV partners in Pakistan: “One of our viewers told us that he was so fed up with his life and wanted to commit suicide because all sorts of evil thoughts and plans occupied his brain. But when he listened to Dr. Michael’s message, his life changed and he is now leading a happy life. Praise the Lord.” 

Last Chance to Give in 2014

 

From the desk of Dr. Michael Youssef

As we are in the final hours of 2014, I want to ask you to consider making a generous year-end gift to Leading The Way. If given by tomorrow, December 31st, it will be tax-deductible and will still qualify for the amazing $500,000 Gift Challenge opportunity that God has given us this month.

All Gift Challenge funds will go toward our three key areas of ministry: growing a global broadcasting network that shares the life-affirming Truth of Jesus Christ with those who need it most; providing personal follow-up and discipleship to new Christians; and helping the persecuted with their most urgent needs as they risk their lives to follow Christ.

If you haven't already, I hope you will join with me in this vital work and help Leading The Way finish the year strong.

At Leading The Way, we're uniquely positioned to minister God's Truth in hard-to-reach places. You are too. Together, we can be the hands and feet of Christ to the lost and to Christians in need of spiritual hope and practical help.

I am so grateful that you choose to invest in God's work through Leading The Way. Thank you for your faithful partnership in helping us to advance His Kingdom around the world.

May you and your family have a blessed New Year.

In Christ,

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Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

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P.S. Please note that gifts sent through the mail must be postmarked by December 31st, 2014, to qualify for the Gift Challenge.

Merry Christmas from the Youssef Family

Merry Christmas!

 

There Is No Other Way

This year, as in years past, millions of people will gather in churches to celebrate Christmas. They will hear the Truth of the Gospel, sing the carols of the faith, declare Jesus the newborn king, but they will ultimately let the Truth of Christmas go in one ear and out the other. This is difficult to witness year after year because Christmas is not just a nostalgic holiday. It is the celebration of the incarnation of Christ, the revelation of God’s plan for the redemption of man—the ultimate expression of His love for us.

The Savior of the world, promised as far back as the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 3:15), was born through a young virgin named Mary. Why was it important that she was a virgin? Only the virgin-born Savior is free from original sin, the hereditary condition that has been passed from every father to every child since Adam. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit so that He was born perfect, as any sacrifice for sin must be.

His extraordinary life and ministry followed the pattern of his birth.  He was born sinless through the virgin birth, and he lived a sinless life in the face of an enemy who sought to destroy Him. He was born holy and pure, and He died sinless and perfect. He was miraculously conceived, and He was miraculously resurrected. 

People suggest, even demand, that Jesus is only one of many possible ways to God. The uniqueness of Jesus’ birth disallows such conclusions. In the Christ child, God was declaring to us that there is no other way. There is no amount of good works and no degree of managing our evil desires that will provide the forgiveness of sins we so desperately need.

Our hearts long and cry out for the forgiveness we need. Still, we want to believe that we can provide our own forgiveness. We want to forge our own path based on our personal belief systems that are dictated by our own rules. Sin prevents us from wanting to embrace the Truth—that Jesus is the only plan for humanity’s salvation. 

Christmas points to the unique Truth that our redemption can only come through Christ’s sinless birth, life, death, and resurrection.  If there were another way, there would be no Christmas. Jesus would not have had to leave His Father’s side in glory for the womb of a virgin if there had been any other way.

When you read the Christmas story this year, ask God to give you a fresh perspective on this miraculous expression of God’s love and provision to the world. Give thanks to God that salvation has come, and Jesus now reigns on high and will one day return in authority and power.

If you are one who has never experienced the true power and weight of Christmas, ask the Lord to reveal it to you this year. The same love that brought Jesus to this world calls you now to come and receive His ultimate Christmas gift of eternal life.

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